We spent a few days in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina last weekend. I visited Charleston many times and Savannah as well which are very close by, but Hilton Head Island was never on my radar until we were invited by family to come and spend a few days with them on the island. Of course we couldn’t refuse and packed for the trip!
Hilton Head Island is only a short 4.5 hour drive from Atlanta (if you make no stops!). But since we had a toddler along for the drive it took us about 6 hours. This included about 3 stops with one of them being a lunch stop.
One of my secret favorite things to do is to stop by at Waffle House for lunch when driving to the beach. I have to admit I cannot resist a plate of covered (with cheese!) hash browns and an order of chocolate chip Waffles. Luckily neither can my toddler! Hash browns are his favorite so it’s a win-win!
We arrived at our hotel at the Omni Hilton Head Island resort around noon and immediately changed into our comfy beach wear and headed out to walk the sandy shores. The beach was right in front of the property, which was very convenient.
After a quick walk we had a excellent lunch at the Bouey Bar on the hotel property. I had a special request vegetarian sandwhich with fruit that was delicious!
On the property you can find 2 pools for kids and a splash pad, an adults only pool, and 2 hot tubs. The kids pools are heated to a comfy temperature. This was especially helpful since it was still a bit too cold and windy to be swimming.
My favorite activity from our trip was riding around the beach on bikes that we rented with the Omni Hilton Head Resort. We got a little trailer for our little one and his cousin while my husband drove them around. They loved the rides on the beach so much! Especially when my husband ran across puddles and splashed them.
The property of the Omni Hilton Head Resort is gorgeous in itself and we spent most of our time there. In the main courtyard they had beautifully landscaped grounds, 2 fire pits with rocking chairs, corn hole game setup, and large checkers game pieces with the board painted on the ground. There is also a playground for kids and a few hammocks to relax among the palm trees.
Besides just relaxing and being lazy all day, once you get the urge to eat you will find that there are multiple options on the premises. A buffet breakfast was available, which wasn’t my favorite (but kids 5 and under are free!), also we had a bad experience for breakfast since we didn’t get the buffet and ordered from the menu. It took over 30 minutes for a simple omelette to arrive, and they messed up my husbands ordered after he repeatedly asked them to switch out the meat. I had the same experience again next morning when I ordered avocado toast, it took over 30 minutes to arrive. So I recommend eating the buffet breakfast if you are really hungry and can’t wait. Also try the quick bakery next door that has bagels croissants and other baked goods. The bakery also has delicious cakes and small sandwiches for lunch and dinner.
Within the same building there is also the XO sports bar. I only had the Mango margarita there and I absolutely recommend it. Puréed mango with a margarita poured over it, it was so delicious! A must try!
At night the buffet breakfast area turns into the H Prime steakhouse. We didn’t not eat there but ordered room service for dinner one night and had a great experience, get the chocolate cake and split it with someone because it is huge but very good.
SHELTER COVE TOWN CENTER |
I thought it was unusual that Hilton Head didn’t really have a small town center, but it seems as if the Shelter Cove shopping center serves as that purpose. We had a really good dinner at Poseidon and then let the kids play at the playground nearby on the park grounds.
HARBOUR TOWN |
Another short ride away is the private community of Sea Pines at Harbour Town. A really small but cute Bay Area with shops and restaurants and a cute treehouse playground for kids. I recommend it for a quick getaway from the resort. There is a lighthouse that you can climb and a beach full of seashells right in front of it. I’ve never seen so many shells washed up on shore it was covered completely with them. It was fun to watch the kids run around and collect as many as they could hold in their hands.
Make a stop at Cinnamon Bear to get delicious ice cream ( I’m looking at you Raspberry Praline!) before heading out to dinner. Yes, you can get dessert before dinner! Ha!
On the way back to the resort we tried to get dinner at Marley’s but we couldn’t wait for 30min+ for a table so we just went next door to Mellow Mushroom. However if you are a seafood lover make sure to get reservations and try the place out. I heard great things about it!